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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

creimer Re:DirectX is obsolete (87 comments)

The developer has to support one or both. Most users don't care as long as everything works.

12 hours ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

creimer Re:DirectX is obsolete (87 comments)

Last time I heard that statement was during DirectX vs. OpenGL battles in the late 1990's. Any halfway decent video card today can support both with all the bells and whistles. I can't remember the last time I had to pick one over the other.

12 hours ago
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Fish Found Living Half a Mile Under Antarctic Ice

creimer Re:How do they taste? (64 comments)

Like how to get one of these fishes for my fish tank?

13 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

creimer Re: Simple solution (397 comments)

The world only needs five computers. - Late 1940's.

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In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

creimer Re:So MS do you _finally_ support WebGL now? (95 comments)

No one gives a crap about IE11.

My company has a pilot project to upgrade computers from IE9 to IE11. Although the intranet websites run great on IE9, external websites are horribly broken. Corporate IT doesn't allow other browsers on the network.

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In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

creimer Re:Internet Explorer (95 comments)

You mean IE6 haven't died out yet? That was the "standards-compliant" browser for corporate intranet websites during the Win XP era. Good riddance.

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U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

creimer Re:The old fashioned way... (99 comments)

My late father hired a washerwoman to do his laundry after getting out of the hospital, but she used a washer and dryer to get his laundry done.

2 days ago
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U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

creimer Re:The old fashioned way... (99 comments)

Corporations save money by replacing manual dumbasses with automated dipsticks.

2 days ago
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U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

creimer Re:How accessible is this port? (99 comments)

If you want console access to an Internet device (typically routers and switches), you plug your computer into the serial port. If you have multiple Internet devices, you remote into a serial terminal to communicate with each individual serial port.

2 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

creimer Re:Good news (412 comments)

Dropped ball in question became a droid. Oy!

2 days ago
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Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

creimer Re:Except in the UK! (83 comments)

You don't need the Internet to turn Europe into a police state, as the rise of Adolf Hitler proved in 1939. China and North Korea were police states long before the Internet ever reached their borders.

2 days ago
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Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

creimer Re: Encryption is dead (83 comments)

If you send or receive an encrypted message to a bad guy, then you must be bad yourself.

That premise might be changing. The fact that you need or want to use encryption indicates that you're doing something bad. Like the police arresting you for carrying too much cash because you might use it to buy drugs.

2 days ago
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Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

creimer Re:Except in the UK! (83 comments)

We can't allow politicians to turn the Internet into a police state, that is something that happens in China and North Korea, it can't happen in Europe

*cough* 1939 *cough*

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

creimer Re:Measles? (641 comments)

There was an outbreak of measles in 1988. I was at a Walgreen where the cashier was obviously too sick. A few days later I went to the hospital. Not for measles, but for chicken pox. At 19-years-old, I was hit hard by the chicken pox. Six weeks in bed to recover and two months to regain my physical strength.

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What Northern Hemisphere Astronomers Are Missing From The Southern Hemisphere

creimer creimer writes  |  about a month ago

creimer (824291) writes "The New York Times Sunday Review has an interesting article on the astronomical night life when viewed from Sao Paulo, Brazil, featuring a treasure trove not visible to astronomers in the Northern Hemisphere: "Yet the Southern Hemisphere claims the three brightest stars of the night sky: Sirius, Canopus and Alpha Centauri. Canopus belongs to the Carina constellation, notorious for two things: the Carina Nebula, four times as large and even brighter than the famous Orion Nebula, and the star system Eta Carinae, which is expected to burst as a supernova or hypernova sometime in the next thousand years. (A scientist told the BBC that the explosion would be so bright that you would see it during the day, and you could even read a book by its light at night.) Alpha Centauri and Beta Centauri, the 11th-brightest star, are called “The Pointers,” as they form a line in the sky to the constellation Crux (the Southern Cross). Crux is the smallest of all 88 constellations but one of the most distinctive. It is visible at practically any time of the year in all of the Southern Hemisphere.""
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China Brushes Out Distinctive Hues of Names

creimer creimer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

creimer writes "The New York Times is reporting that some Chinese citizens will have to change their name for the new identity cards.

"The bureau's computers, however, are programmed to read only 32,252 of the roughly 55,000 Chinese characters, according to a 2006 government report. The result is that Miss Ma and at least some of the 60 million other Chinese with obscure characters in their names cannot get new cards — unless they change their names to something more common.""

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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Christopher D. Reimer writes "The New York Times is reporting the death of John W. Backus, 82, creator of the FORTRAN programming language. From the article: 'Mr. Backus and his youthful team, then all in their 20s and 30s, devised a programming language that resembled a combination of English shorthand and algebra. Fortran, short for Formula Translator, was very similar to the algebraic formulas that scientists and engineers used in their daily work. With some training, they were no longer dependent on a programming priesthood to translate their science and engineering problems into a language a computer would understand.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that only one percent of web pages are sexually explict. From the article: 'A confidential analysis of Internet search queries and a random sample of Web pages taken from Google and Microsoft's giant Internet indices showed that only about 1 percent of all Web pages contain sexually explicit material. [...] The ACLU said the analysis, by Philip B. Stark, a professor of statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, did not appear to substantially help the Department of Justice in its effort to prove that criminal penalties are necessary to protect minors from exposure to sexually explicit information on the Internet.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The New York Times is reporting a federal investigation of the the Venezuelan owners of Smartmatic Corporation, a voting software company, and whether the anti-U.S. government is trying to influence the U.S. midterm elections. According to the article: 'Government officials familiar with the Smartmatic inquiry said they doubted that even if the Chávez government was some kind of secret partner in the company, it would try to influence elections in the United States. But some of them speculated that the purchase of Sequoia could help Smartmatic sell its products in Latin America and other developing countries, where safeguards against fraud are weaker.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "Call me an old fart but I been trying to find a brand new manual typewriter at a reasonable price so I can fulfill my Hemingway fantasy of writing on a typewriter and drinking a shot between pages. (The MacBook is nice but falls a bit short in the fantasy department.) There seem to be only one model from two different vendors (the MS 25 from Olivetti and Royal). Does anyone know if there are other manual typewriters available?"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The BBC is reporting that the American Bluegills fish is being used as an early warning system for dangerous substances in the local water supply. From the article: 'A small number of fish are kept in tanks which are constantly filled with water from the municipal supply. The computerised system registers changes in the fishes' vital signs and sends an alert when something is wrong. Since 11 September 2001, the US government has taken the threat of attacks on water supplies seriously.'"

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